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Children’s Health and Potential Are Maximized with Services Planned by Care Management Organizations

Access to healthcare services for children who are covered by Medicaid and, therefore, their health and opportunities to flourish in all aspects of their lives, will be at great risk if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replacement by the American Health Care Act. Throughout the course of one year, 23,000 New Jersey children enrolled in Medicaid are served by Care Management Organizations (CMO’s), for which funding was cut by 50% in 2013, resulting in an average 400% increase in staff’s workload and withering down their ability to provide high-quality services. As a result, children and their families are at risk of experiencing health complications requiring much more costly care, for example in emergency rooms and hospital inpatient units, which could otherwise be prevented with ongoing access to CMOs’ life-saving and life-enhancing services.

“CMO’s reimbursement rates need to be increased from $550 to $850 per child/per month to ensure we can continue to provide quality services that have been proven in New Jersey and many other states to be highly effective,” said James Parauda, LSW, Chair, of the New Jersey Coalition of CMO Boards and Executive Director of Tri-County CMO in Branchburg, NJ. “This rate will cover the essential services required by our contracts with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and enable us to pay competitive salaries, which will help reduce turnover and keep staff’s workloads manageable.”

“We are proud to have the CMO’s as members and we join them in advocating for this much-needed rate increase,” said Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA). “As with all of NJAMHAA members, the CMO’s provide invaluable services that not only enable children and adults with mental illnesses, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities to lead the healthiest and most fulfilling lives possible. Furthermore, these services are cost-effective and prevent common, high-cost consequences of not receiving treatment, including emergency room visits, inpatient hospitalizations, homelessness and incarceration.”

“The wraparound model that CMO’s follow has been proven to save and improve lives. It is tragic that this model – and especially the children and families who are benefiting from it – are at risk due to inadequate funding,” Parauda said.

  

 

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